I know a lot of you returned to the office long ago — especially those in essential businesses — but for many companies, the traditional office routine may never return.
Andy Challenger, senior vice president of workforce consulting business Challenger, Gray & Christmas, says that a "new class of remote workers" may be the new norm.
"People that can work from anywhere in the country as companies get used to the coronavirus," he said in an interview with a Chicago television station on Jan. 1. "It may be with us for some time and they're just making some jobs permanently remote."
A 2021 survey by the National Association for Business Economics found that only about 11 percent of companies expected their workers to be fully back in the office.
Pipe maker Uponor North America appears to be one of those companies, announcing Jan. 5 that it has developed "Flexible First, an employee-centric model that empowers staff to choose the working pattern that works best for them."
Uponor workers may be classed as "resident," for those in the office at least four days a week; "hybrid," for people in the office up to three days a week; and "remote," covering people not going into Uponor offices.